Feeling in charge
The only other thing I would say is for kids my age at the time (12, 13 and older) do see themselves as adults and wanted to be treated as such. I remember times when doctors were talking to my parents in their rounds and me thinking “hey it is happening to me you know”. So I think a nurse should understand that at that age, especially when it comes to explaining treatment, that they should be treated as an adult in that respect. I wanted it to be explained thoroughly. There were times when I wanted to just go back to “kid mode” but I also remember wanting to be the one in charge when it came to knowing about what was going on. I am sure you are doing a great job Emily and thank you for all you do! This blog was written by Darren, who is a childhood cancer survivor, after having Acute Myeloid Luekaemia when he was 11 in 1996. If you know a child who is going through childhood cancer treatment, let them know that Darren is willing to answer questions like this one. Contact us at email@example.com so that we can put forward the questions to him.